Lauren Murphy, BSN, RN, CPAN, received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses for September.
Murphy, a perioperative nurse at Union Hospital, was nominated by co-worker Sandra Frederick.
The Surgical Services Department was preparing to introduce a new vascular surgery procedure, transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR), a minimally invasive procedure that can clear blockages and open a narrowed carotid artery.
Murphy, the only nurse in the department with experience with TCAR, volunteered to provide education on the procedure to same-day surgery and post-anesthesia care staff.
“Whenever we do a new procedure, most of the education is focused on the operating room. But a lot can happen before and after the surgery,” Frederick wrote in her nomination.
“Lauren has been a passionate advocate for the training and education of the pre-op and post-op phases.”
In addition to her usual workload, Murphy conducted research, compiled policies and talked to experts to build a PowerPoint presentation for staff.
“Lauren didn’t let me down,” Frederick wrote. “This presentation helped all of us understand what we need to do before, during, after — and with documentation.”
Murphy continues to be a resource for TCAR procedures.